1st Edition

No Place Like Home Organizing Home-Based Labor in the Era of Structural Adjustment

By David Staples Copyright 2007
    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    No Place Like Home examines the emergence of home-based women workers as paradigmatic figures of contemporary capitalism, neoliberal governmentality, and socio-political contestation. Far from an isolated or contingent situation, home-based work constitutes today an enormous arena of 'invisible' social and political struggles of subaltern and ethno-racially subordinated women.

    Table of Contents




    Introduction: The Invisible Threads of Homeworker Organizing


    One: The Turbulent World of Home-based Work


    Two: ‘No Place Like Home’: Marxist and Feminist Topographies of House and Homework


    Three: Homeworker Organizing: Child-care Workers Under Welfare Reform in the United States


    Four: Child-care Workers In and Against the State


    Five: The Biopolitics of Homework


    Six: Political Economy and the Unpredictable Politics of Women’s Home-Based Work


    Works Cited



    David Staples is on-leave as the Development Director of Tenants & Workers United, a grassroots organization based in Northern Virginia. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Scientist and Visiting Associate Lecturer in Women’s Studies at George Washington University, where he is supporting the Women In and Beyond the Global Prison Project. Mr. Staples has a Ph.D. in sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center and has taught at Long Island University in Brooklyn, York College and Queens College, CUNY.